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Benefits of licensing your pet

Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm MST

PHOTO. Every April, pet licences needed to be renewed. All cats and dogs are required to be registered within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Melanie Walsh. REPORTER

All cats and dogs are required to be registered within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).

Every April, pet licences needed to be renewed.

“If we have an accurate pet population we are able to identify the needs of our region and have the according services to benefit everyone,” said Public Education Officer with Bylaw Services, Natalie Abril.

 

All the proceeds from licencing pets help fund animal services in the RMWB such as determining how many dog parks the city should have and maintaining those off leash dog parks.

The proceeds also help fund the city’s animal care facility that houses all the animals brought in by animal control.

If your pet is licensed and happens to get picked up by animal control, not only will they be returned to you faster but you won’t have to pay the heafty impound fee.

There are four animal health technologists on staff at the animal care facility who provide professional care to all the cats and dogs that come in, whether they are a stray or lost.

Annual fees for pet licensing are:

  • $15 for spayed or neutered animals
  • $50 for unaltered animals
  • $5 for a replacement tag
  • Free for exotic reptiles, birds and other pets
  • Free for pet owners over the age of 60

 

To license your pet, you can download and complete the application form and drop off a printed version with your payment at the RMWB cashier counters inside the Timberlea Landing Building, 309 Powder Drive, or the Jubilee Building, 9909 Franklin Avenue from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.